Polygamist Leader Trial

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- Jurors in the rape trial of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs resume deliberations today.

Jeffs is the president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He's charged with two counts of rape as in accomplice in the arranged marriage of a 14-year-old girl.

Yesterday, the jury told the judge they were close to a verdict the case, but that they needed a night to sleep on it. Earlier, they had told the judge that they were at an impasse on one of the counts against Jeffs.

The young woman in the case says she was pressured into marrying her older cousin, even though she asked church leaders to hold off the ceremony because of her age. The groom says the girl didn't hesitate during the ceremony and had initiated sex within weeks of the wedding.

If convicted, Jeffs could spend the rest of his life in prison.


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